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VEDA Approved $198.9 Million in FY2017 Financings

For the second year running, the Authority surpassed any prior year’s agricultural loan approvals.

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Slow Money Vermont to host 3nd Annual Vermont Entrepreneur Showcase December 6th

Presentations from Vermont working lands entrepreneurs; networking for investors, entrepreneurs, and service providers to support a viable and sustainable agricultural economy in Vermont and the region; business succession and exit strategy panel discussion.

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ACORN Producers and Buyers Forum: Conversations Across the Local Food Spectrum

ACORN hosted its 2nd annual Producer Buyer Forum, a unique event cultivating deep conversations among all supply chain partners. Keynote by Greg Georgaklis, of Farmers to You, tied together new products, new markets, retail trends, pricing, distribution variables, and uncertainties in regional food. Created with primary focus for peer-to-peer connecting on present pressures and future opportunities from artisan hops, grass fed beef, hemp and CBD products to business efficiency, made for a hugely success event.

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Rural Vermont Debuted New Video & Honored Migrant Justice at Annual Meeting

In the midst of torrential downpours on an evening in late October, 60+ hearty Rural Vermont members and friends gathered at the Tunbridge Town Hall for Rural Vermont’s Annual Meeting & Celebration. They shared a meal, thanked our outgoing Board members for their years of service and elected six new members to the Board of Directors, honored Migrant Justice with the Jack Starr award, bore witness to the debut of Rural Vermont’s “Digging In” video, and engaged in lively dialogue about everything from budgets to regional chapters to policy.

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Workforce development and business succession necessary for continued growth in Vermont’s food system

Vermont Farm to Plate Network identifies skilled and larger workforce, shifts in food system career perceptions, and business exit strategies needed to sustain Vermont farm and food economy

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Salvation Farms Director Receives Ben and Jerry’s Local Hero Award

Ben and Jerry’s staff choose and present Local Hero awards to individuals in their home communities who, through a one time or long term act, embodies the core principles of Vermont Manufacturing including Linked Prosperity, Social Justice, and Community Service.

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Vermont Agency of Agriculture Announces Produce Safety Grant Opportunity

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) is pleased to announce the first round of a two-round grant opportunity to improve on-farm produce safety. Approximately $74,000 in funding will be available in each round. This grant is to assist Vermont produce growers to make improvements that help prevent or reduce known produce safety risks on their farms.

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Localvore Reinvents How to Discover Local Food & Drink

New Localvore Platform Connects Farms, Restaurants and Producers with Conscious Consumers to Promote Sustainability and Local Consumerism

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VCGN Accepting Applications for Board of Directors

Are you passionate about food access and positive social connections? Do you have nonprofit board and/or management experience? Are you interested in being part of the evolution of a statewide organization dedicated to growing healthy and connected communities? The Vermont Community Garden Network has openings on the board for 2018.

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Working Lands Enterprise Board Announces $750,000 in Available Investments To Help Grow Vermont’s Economy

Today, the Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) is pleased to announce the opening of this year’s grant cycle and the availability of approximately $750,000 in investments for the 2018 program year. Funds support projects across forestry and agriculture that enhance Vermont’s communities, economy and culture.

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